Botswana : Reading list

You can start getting into the country you are visiting before you go away by doing some background reading. Many hotels and camps have reference books for your enjoyment and interest, but you may want to do some reading in advance and the following list provides a few suggestions. We have also included novels about other parts of Africa which we thought you might enjoy.

Travel and Wildlife Guides

  • The Bradt Travel Guide Okavango Delta, Chobe, Northern Kalahari
  • Southern African Wildlife (Bradt), Mike Unwin
  • Southern Africa (Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife)
  • Collins Guide to African Wildlife, P Alden, R Estes, D Schlitter and B McBride
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals, Richard Estes
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa and Common Birds of Botswana, Ken Newman
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Traboton
  • Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands, Alan Kemp

Biographies, novels and other interesting reading

  • No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Lost World of the Kalahari, Laurens van der Post
  • Cry of the Kalahari, Mark and Delia Owen
  • Botswana Time, Will Randall
  • The Harmless People, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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